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Overland Stage Raiders (1938)

After gold shipments from a mining town have been hijacked, the three Mesquiteers buy a plane to fly the gold out. The owner of the shipping line brings in Eastern gangsters to thwart them.


George Sherman


William Colt MacDonald (characters), Bernard McConville (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Stony Brooke
Ray Corrigan ... Tucson Smith
Max Terhune ... Lullaby Joslin
Louise Brooks ... Beth Hoyt
Anthony Marsh Anthony Marsh ... Ned Hoyt
John Archer ... Bob Whitney (as Ralph Bowman)
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... W. T.Mullins
Roy James Roy James ... Dave Harmon
Olin Francis ... Jake - Henchman
Fern Emmett ... Ma Hawkins
Henry Otho Henry Otho ... Sheriff Mason
George Sherwood George Sherwood ... Clanton - Henchman
Arch Hall Sr. Arch Hall Sr. ... Joe Waddell (as Archie Hall)
Frank LaRue ... Hank Milton (as Frank La Rue)


With the stage being held up regularly, the Mesquiteers decide an airplane would be better so they get the ranchers to sell their cattle and invest in the new airline. But when a gold shipment goes out, the stage line owner has his men hijack the plane. The pilot discharges the gas causing a forced landing and the Mesquiteers must now find the missing plane and recover the gold. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Final film of Louise Brooks. NOTE: Contrary to popular belief, this was not intended to be her "comeback" film; she made it because she needed the money. She was paid $300 (equal to $5180, adjusted for inflation in 2017) for the film. Not long after it was released, she was found working as a salesgirl at Saks Fifth Avenue at a salary of $40 (equivelant to $690 in '17) a week. Brooks later referred to Wayne as "a purely beautiful being." See more »


[first lines]
[reading a reward poster]
First Bandit: One thousand dollars. I guess we ain't worth much to the Oro Grande Company.
Second Bandit: That ain't no decent reward for a self-respecting bandit. What do you say we send Harmon a donation to boost the ante?
First Bandit: Maybe I will - after we polish off the three o'clock stage!
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Followed by Pioneers of the West (1940) See more »

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Cowboy John Wayne and a plane
10 March 2020 | by guisreisSee all my reviews

A 30's Western where there are cars, there is a train... and there is a plane! Well, a Western with an airplane is quite unusual. Despite that, it is a very conventional and unpretensious Western, whitout any deepness or subtancial innovation. This B-Western from "Three Mesquiteers" franchise is starred by John Wayne as the leading man of the three (the three raiders changed from film to film, but the two other actors were the most frequently recurring in the series; Wayne played Stony Brooke in seven other flicks). Young and still cheerful John Wayne, with his long white good-cowboy hat, and with his equally white horse to highlight him among all the others (as if his height were not enough!), has all opportunities to ride, chase, flirt, fight, shoot, propose partnership in aircraft business, investigate, and protect mining company's gold, followed by his two sidekicks. In the very latest film of her career, silent cinema star Loise Brooks has a unremarkable supporting role.

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Release Date:

20 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandidos Encobertos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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| (Western Channel print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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